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Vintage WWII fighter plane to fly sightseers over Hawaii

Feb. 18, 2020 9:16 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Sightseers will soon have an opportunity to experience history while viewing Hawaii when a vintage World War II fighter plane begins passenger flights. A private company has modified a P-51D Mustang to allow space for the pilot and a backseat passenger beginning in March, The Honolulu...

Bill would fund 2nd cardiac care lab at Hilo medical center

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A bill in the Hawaii state Senate would appropriate $3.5 million for additional cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center, officials said. The bill would provide general revenue funds in the 2020-21 fiscal year for a second catheterization laboratory at the Big Island hospital, The Hawaii...

Mauna Kea rules implementation could take 6 to 12 months

Feb. 17, 2020 2:30 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii's new administrative rules governing Mauna Kea could take up to a year before they are fully implemented, officials said. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the rules in January. But it is likely to be six to 12 months before they are put into effect on the...

Honolulu proposes increase to senior, disabled bus fares

Feb. 17, 2020 2:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Rate Commission proposed an increase in the city's bus fares for riders including those who are 65 and older, riders holding Medicare cards and passengers with disabilities. Riders in the senior, Medicare and disabled category would pay a maximum of $60 annually, an increase of...

FILE - This Sept. 3, 2019, file photo shows durians for sale in Bangkok. Police in Hawaii are investigating the theft of fruit valued at about $1,000 including durian, which is known for its powerful odor. Two men entered a property in Hilo on the Big Island and removed 18 durian and other types of fruit on the night of Feb. 1, 2020, the Hawaii Police Department said. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Hawaii police say thieves took $1K worth of pungent fruit

Feb. 16, 2020 10:50 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Police in Hawaii are investigating the theft of fruit valued at about $1,000 including durian, which is known for its powerful odor. Two men entered a property in Hilo on the Big Island and removed 18 durian and other types of fruit on the night of Feb. 1, the Hawaii Police Department said....

Office of Hawaiian Affairs sues auditor over release of $3M

Feb. 16, 2020 9:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs sued the state auditor in an attempt to prompt the release of a $3 million general fund appropriation for the next fiscal year. The agency filed the lawsuit Friday against state Auditor Les Kondo, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Kondo suspended his...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, Donald Stratton, center, a USS Arizona survivor, acknowledges a friend at Kilo Pier next to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. Stratton passed away in his sleep at his Colorado Springs home Saturday, Feb. 16, 2020 with his family in attendance. Stratton was one of the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that killed 1,100 Arizona crew members. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, File)

USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97

Feb. 16, 2020 8:03 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting...

Worku, Leonard help UC Irvine beat Hawaii 70-63

Feb. 16, 2020 2:05 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Eyassu Worku scored 19 points, Evan Leonard added 18, and UC Irvine beat Hawaii 70-63 on Saturday night. Collin Welp added 15 points for UC Irvine, which has won six in a row against Hawaii. Welp made two free throws to give UCI (17-10, 9-2 Big West Conference) a 13-point lead with 2:26 to...

'In this undated photo released by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture shows adults and nymphs of the Avocado Lace Bug, (Pseudacysta perseae).  The avocado lace bug was first discovered in Pearl City, Oahu, in Dec. 2019 and was subsequently identified on Hawaii Island and Maui, the state Department of Agriculture said. Department officials have not confirmed the presence of the bug on Kauai. The infested Maui plants located Thursday, Feb. 13 2020 in retail outlets, were destroyed or treated, department officials said.(Hawaii Department of Agriculture via AP)

Invasive bug found feeding on avocado plants in Hawaii

Feb. 15, 2020 7:37 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — An invasive bug was discovered feeding on avocado leaves across the state of Hawaii and was most recently found on Maui plants in retail outlets, entomologists said. The avocado lace bug was first discovered in Pearl City, Oahu, in December and was subsequently identified on Hawaii Island...

Hawaii bill would decriminalize 'dangerous' drug possession

Feb. 15, 2020 4:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Possession of small amounts of drugs that are considered dangerous would be decriminalized in Hawaii under a proposed bill, potentially reducing the amount of money spent on enforcement. The proposed legislation would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony offense to possess less than 2...